wash away

wash away
If rain or floods wash away something, they destroy it and carry it away.

[V P n (not pron)] Flood waters washed away one of the main bridges in Pusan...

[V P n (not pron)] This causes environmental damage when the topsoil is washed away by the rains. [Also V n P]

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  • wash-away — washˈ away noun (esp Aust) 1. The destruction of part of a road, railway, etc by flooding 2. The breach so caused 3. An erosion of the earth by the action of water 4. The channel so made • • • Main Entry: ↑wash …   Useful english dictionary

  • wash away — index purge (purify) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • wash away — verb 1. eliminate wash away all the differences • Hypernyms: ↑remove, ↑take away • Verb Frames: Somebody s something Something s something 2. remove by the application of water or other liquid and soap or …   Useful english dictionary

  • wash away — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms wash away : present tense I/you/we/they wash away he/she/it washes away present participle washing away past tense washed away past participle washed away if something such as rain or a river washes something… …   English dictionary

  • wash away — verb a) To eliminate, or destroy by fast moving water, such as in a flood, or a high sea. Thousands were left homeless as the flood waters washed away the eastern part of the city. b) (by extention) To eliminate, in a figurative sense …   Wiktionary

  • wash away — phr verb Wash away is used with these nouns as the object: ↑bridge, ↑grime, ↑sin …   Collocations dictionary

  • wash away — I. Purify, cleanse. II. (also wash off, wash out) Remove by washing, take away by the action of water, drag off, draw off, carry off …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • wash away — clean by laundry …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Wash — (w[o^]sh), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Washed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Washing}.] [OE. waschen, AS. wascan; akin to D. wasschen, G. waschen, OHG. wascan, Icel. & Sw. vaska, Dan. vaske, and perhaps to E. water. [root]150.] 1. To cleanse by ablution, or dipping …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wash — wash1 W3S1 [wɔʃ US wo:ʃ, wa:ʃ] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(wash something)¦ 2¦(wash yourself)¦ 3¦(flow)¦ 4 something doesn t/won t wash (with somebody) 5 wash your hands of something 6 wash your mouth out! 7 wash well Phrasal verbs  wash something<=>away… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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